Against all Hope by Hermann Langbein
Resistance in the Nazi Concentration Camps

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"Inspiring and informative, this book fills large gaps in what we know about resistance in the concentration camps." — Kirkus Reviews

Finally in paperback, in this major and comprehensive work, hailed by Le Monde as a "monumental study," Hermann Langbein shatters the myth that all prisoners of concentration camps, during World War II, passively let themselves be slaughtered. A prisoner himself and one of the leaders of resistance at Auschwitz, Langbein painstakingly documents the detailed account of the history of the camps and the story of the resistance. Spanning the initial years to the chaotic weeks before liberation, Against All Hope is the first systematic presentation of organized resistance. Deeply moving, it is an unforgettable testament to the resilience and determination of the human spirit.

 

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Published August 8, 1994 by Constable. 480 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, War, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The Spanish contingent, which led the resistance along with some Czech, German, and Russian cells, was so organized that American soldiers arrived to see their large banner draped over the camp gates: ``The Spanish anti-Fascists greet the armies of the liberators.'' Inspiring and informati...

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An astonishing mosaic of acts of courage and moral strength, Langbein's moving, invaluable history is the fullest account to date of resistance to Nazi terror by prisoners within the concentration cam

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An astonishing mosaic of acts of courage and moral strength, Langbein's moving, invaluable history is the fullest account to date of resistance to Nazi terror by prisoners within the concentration camps.

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A schoolchild once asked the Italian writer Primo Levi, who had survived Auschwitz, to draw a sketch of the prison camp.

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